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It Was One Year Ago Today We Lost Bartcop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 5th, 2015 5:36 pm by HL

Greetings from HL,

Today is March 5, 2015, and it was one year ago today that Bartcop died. Bart was the inspiration for this site back in 2004, as well as one my “very close” friends as Bart used to say. I hung out and partied with Bart many times in Vegas, L.A., Tulsa & elsewhere. Bart was the original internet blogger starting his site Bartcop way back in 1996.

If you have time go take a look at some of the back issues of his site, Bart was a no hold barred liberal, and took on all comers. Last time I saw him was in August ’13 when he came out to L.A. we hung out and partied with Bart, Mrs. Bart, Tommy Mack, Tally, and Chicago Jim. We all knew each others from Poker & Tequila fests in Vegas.

Bart got sick shortly before he died, and I emailed him about a week before saying I hoped he was feeling better, he got back and thanked me. Bart died on a Wednesday and I knew the earliest he would be back posting to the site would be Monday, so I didn’t find out he was gone until 5 days later, during that time they held a memorial for him in Tulsa which I would have been at had I knew.

So I never really got a chance to say goodbye, and so I will now. I miss you brother, Hope you were wrong about the whole Atheism thing and you are up there giving hell to Nixon, and Reagan right now. The last time I saw Bart I bought a bottle of Don Julio 1942 to commemorate the occasion. I still have a little of it left and will do a shot tonight for Bart. If anyone sees this leave a comment and if you have any Bart stories I’d love to hear them.

Peace Out

L.A Rick (The Hollywood Liberal)



GOP Robocalls Tampered with Chicago Elections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

GOP Robocalls Tampered with Chicago Elections
ThinkProgress: Chicago election judges received misleading and factually incorrect robocalls before the midterm, causing close to 2,000 of them to not show up on Election Day. As a criminal investigation gets underway, the Chicago Sun-Times has tied the calls to two Republican activists while the Republican Party claims they acted alone. An unknown number of election judges received one or more automated phone calls that informed them about an additional required training session or told them they needed to vote a certain way in order to keep their position. As a result, polling places across the city were understaffed and lines reached seven hours in some precincts. A smaller number of voters were turned away from certain locations.

House GOP: Give Up Gavel if Seeking New Office

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

House GOP: Give Up Gavel if Seeking New Office
Republicans felt past chairmen neglected duties when running for higher office.

A look at Ebola treatment in the US by numbers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Dr. Martin Salia arrives in Omaha from Sierra Leone, he’ll be the 10th person with Ebola to receive treatment in the U.S.

GOP congressman blasts Obamacare consultant for calling Americans stupid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

GOP congressman blasts Obamacare consultant for calling Americans stupid
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, says MIT economist Jonathan Gruber’s remarks demonstrate the all-too-common “arrogance” of President Obama’s administration and its allies.

Open enrollment for Obamacare begins today
The open enrollment period for the insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, begins on Saturday. Louise Radnofsky, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, joins “CBS This Morning Saturday” to discuss what’s for the program this year.

Alaska Win Gives Republicans Another U.S. Senate Seat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Alaska Win Gives Republicans Another U.S. Senate Seat
Becky Bohrer, RealClearPolitics
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich couldn’t pull off another election surprise as voter disapproval of President Barack Obama helped push him and other Democrats out of office. Republican Dan Sullivan, a Marine Corps reservist and assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush, defeated the first-term incumbent as part of a wave in which Republicans picked up eight seats and regained control of the Senate. Another Senate race is yet to be decided in Louisiana. The Alaska race was too close to call on Election Night last week, with Sullivan up by about 8,100 votes, but…

Big Truthy Is Watching (Some of) You
Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
This week, President Obama launched a prominent social media campaign on behalf of “net neutrality” and urged the FCC to “keep the Internet free and open.” The man has gall. This is the same speech-squelcher in chief whose administration snooped on reporters; vengefully audited tea party pro-life activists and conservative election watchdogs and slow-walked the probe into the IRS witch hunt against them; entertained a government scheme to monitor story selection in TV newsrooms; and forked over $1 million to a researcher building a Twitter-snooping database. On Monday, House Committee on…

Ben Carson Preps for 2016; What Obama Hears; Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Good Morning. It’s Thursday, November 13, 2014, two weeks from Thanksgiving Day. President Obama is still in Asia; today, he’s attending the East Asia Summit in Burma. Here at home, members of Congress, new and old, arrived back on Capitol Hill where ascendant Republicans must cool their jets for a few more weeks while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid convenes a final session of the Democrat-controlled upper chamber. On the agenda: a vote on the Keystone pipeline, lingering immigration legislation, and a slew of pending presidential appointments, including a new attorney general…

An Accord the Planet Needed
Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can’t. This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years. Not to sound grandiose, it means the world still has a chance to save itself from unmitigated disaster. The significance of the accord, which was doggedly pursued by Secretary of State John Kerry, is not just…

UK ‘could quit EU’, says Hammond

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

UK ‘could quit EU’, says Hammond
The UK must be ready to “walk away” if it is unhappy with negotiations over its relationship with the European Union, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

SNP ‘could hold balance of power’
Nicola Sturgeon uses her first speech as SNP leader to predict the party could hold the “balance of power” after the next general election.

Labour rivals pledge gender equality
Two Scottish Labour leadership candidates announce a series of measures aimed at achieving gender equality.

Open Source: A New Holiday Tradition for the Dutch: Arguing About Blackface

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Open Source: A New Holiday Tradition for the Dutch: Arguing About Blackface
A celebration of St. Nicholas in the Netherlands now includes an annual fight over the traditional depiction of his dark-skinned helper, Black Pete.

Kakha Bendukidze Dies at 58; Pushed Post-Soviet Market Change
Mr. Bendukidze, a biologist and later a wealthy businessman in the final years of the Soviet Union, became an architect of economic and governmental changes in his native Georgia.

Pakistanis Optimistic on Ties After Afghan Leader’s Visit
As President Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday, officials were upbeat about a possible reset in the relationship.

In Shift, Pakistanis Fleeing War Flow Into Beleaguered Afghanistan
Pakistani military’s continuing offensive against Islamist militants in the North Waziristan tribal region has forced an exodus of at least 1.5 million residents.

A Familiar Anger Begins to Boil Again in Mexico
The shocking reports about the mass disappearance of college students have stoked the anger of many Mexicans toward corrupt politicians and police officers.

The Encounter Between Michael Brown And Darren Wilson Was Under 90 Seconds Long

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

The Encounter Between Michael Brown And Darren Wilson Was Under 90 Seconds Long

The encounter was brief.

The post The Encounter Between Michael Brown And Darren Wilson Was Under 90 Seconds Long appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A shirt reading

A shirt reading “hands up don’t shoot” is covered with roses Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the spot Michael Brown was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

After Mike Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson on August 9, his body lay on the ground for four hours. But an investigation of police records, conducted by St. Louis Post-Dispatch, concludes that the encounter leading up to Brown’s death was less than 90 seconds long.

Due to Missouri’s Sunshine Law, which keeps public government bodies’ records open to the public, the Post-Dispatch accessed interviews, radio calls, EMS records, and video surveillance from the Ferguson Police Department for its report. According to the publication’s findings, a dispatcher alerted officers about a theft at a convenience store at 11:53, which Brown was accused of after the shooting. At 12:02, Wilson told dispatchers he was on Canfield, where he told Brown and friend Dorian Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the street. He then realized that Brown matched the description of the theft suspect.

Wilson asserts that Brown attacked him and that the two struggled for the officer’s gun before Wilson grabbed it and shot Brown one time. He also claims that Brown ran away after the scuffle, so the officer allegedly chased him on foot until Brown turned and charged at him. Wilson says he fired once, hesitated, then continued firing.

But witnesses say the incident happened differently, although many of their accounts are inconsistent. Johnson claims that Brown had his hands in the air as he got to the ground, and that is when Wilson shot him. Others say Brown “walked, staggered, stumbled or fell toward Wilson before he was killed.” And some say his hands were not in the air.

A tweet from an eyewitness about Brown’s shooting was sent at 12:03, a mere 61 seconds after dispatchers confirmed that Wilson stopped Brown and Johnson.

Just days later, and a few miles away from Ferguson, officers confronted and killed another black man, Kajieme Powell, in 15 seconds. A video of that encounter showed police drive up to Powell and immediately start shooting.

A grand jury decision as to whether or not Wilson will be indicted for Brown’s death will be released any day now. In preparation for the verdict, and the subsequent public response, 1,000 officers participated in special training, and police departments stocked up on new gear. Governor Nixon says he will call the Missouri National Guard if violence escalates. Local businesses are boarding up their stores with wood. And clergy from around St. Louis are training to act as peacekeepers during the anticipated civil unrest.

The post The Encounter Between Michael Brown And Darren Wilson Was Under 90 Seconds Long appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Know-Nothings Jeopardize Climate Progress

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 16th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Know-Nothings Jeopardize Climate Progress
Mark Hertsgaard, Nation

FCC Should Heed White House on Internet Regulation

It’s Time to End the “Carried Interest” Loophole
James Stewart, NYTimes

Inside Peter Thiel’s Mind
Ezra Klein, Vox

Will Obama Disgrace Himself?
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Senate Dems Give Warren Leadership of Liberals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 15th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Senate Dems Give Warren Leadership of Liberals
Senate Democrats are elevating Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to a new leadership position on Thursday as Strategic Policy Advisor to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. The position will be a liaison to liberal organizations, a source told TPM. “I believe in what the Democrats are fighting for. Wall Street is doing very well. CEOs are bringing in millions more and families all across this country are struggling,” Warren said. “We have to make this government work for the American people and that’s what we’re here to fight for and I am grateful to the leader, I am grateful to the caucus for giving me a chance to be a part of that fight.”

KKK Threatens to Kill Ferguson Protestors
A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers near Ferguson, Mo. and via social media threatening protestors with the use of “lethal force,” Vice News reported on Thursday. The flier, which was addressed to “the terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protestors,'” was circulated by the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It alleged that protestors had “awakened a sleeping giant” and claimed to be a warning. “We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves,” the flier said. “There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.”